The 29-year-old was also a key part of Mourinho's Blues when winning the league in 2014-15 and has seen enough in his short time at Old Trafford to believe this will be a successful season. "And, in some ways, I'm glad it's not the Premier League holding that particular record".
"Like every club that's promoted to the Premier League, it's to finish 17th or higher".
However, Mourinho will welcome Eric Bailly and Phil Jones back in to the squad after they missed the Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid in midweek through suspension. "At Manchester United, we play to win and that's the mentality when I get on the pitch". "Of course, for the next three, four years, Manchester City is going to buy one, two players (each window)". The arrival of 11 "important" players - as Guardiola refers to them - has handed the Spanish coach an embarrassment of riches up in attack and fresh energy throughout his squad, which now has an average age of 24. We are not happy that we lost but did everything. What we had was midfielders, wingers, scoring, central defenders scoring goals at set pieces.
And Matic has called on his side to hit the ground running when they begin the new season at Old Trafford on Sunday. We spent, of course, but all the teams spent - except maybe Tottenham. "But we can take a lot of good things from this game".
"I go with the same prediction as previous year because I don't think Pep will accept having another season like that, he is not used to that".
Crystal Palace were crowned the punter's champions thanks to late season victories over Arsenal and at Liverpool. Strong and two-footed, he already owns two Premier League winner's medals. "But the top seven, we are going to be in the four competitions and so there is no advantage for any one of us".
However, after failing to reach an agreement with Inter Milan for long-term target Ivan Perisic, the United manager is yet again contemplating the Welsh international's arrival to Manchester.
He said: "It's not because I have always done it that I am going to do it". Then, when you're in the Champions League last 16 draw, anything can happen.
Now, though, the focus is on West Ham, a side bolstered by summer signings such as Marko Arnautovic, Joe Hart, Javier Hernandez and Pablo Zabaleta. Try as we might to identify the blunt-shaped head of this "Top-six star" we're hedging our bets for Thursday's big reveal.
"We are discussing the possibility of him to stay with us", he admitted on Friday. A tough opening contest away from home against a title contender awaits Slaven Bilic - but they could count on past experience of causing opening day upsets on the road.